Google Maps updates to 4.6, Google Latitude gets real-time updating

Google Maps has another update for ya with version 4.6.  It brings with it a new design for the Place page reviews and more options to filter your search results with.  They also gave Google Latitude a real-time updating option.  Let’s dig a little deeper into the changes.

The Place page’s redesign helps keep the map app more consistent in the review department.  Basically they’ve made it so that the “Reviews from around the web” and the “Reviews from Google users” share  the same design elements.

Previous search results only allowed you to filter by distance and ratings.  Google has now added new filters which include:

  • Open now
  • Neighborhood
  • Related searches

The more notable change is to Google Latitude.  The addition of real-time updating might make more people use this social location tracking feature since it now updates your location much faster then before.  Great for when you are trying to meet up with friends and need to know which bar they hopped over to.  Obviously, your friends will need to have Android 2.2 and the latest Google Maps running on their phone for this feature.

It’s always a good day when we get Google updates, and we are glad to see more features come to our favorite map app.  Google Maps 4.6 is available for Android 1.6 and above.

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[via google mobile blog]

  • Marshall

    “Obviously, your friends will need to have Android 2.2 and the latest Google Maps running on their phone for this feature.

    It’s always a good day when we get Google updates, and we are glad to see more features come to our favorite map app. Google Maps 4.6 is available for Android 1.6 and above.”

    So people on 1.6 can get this update, but the latitude portion of it is only good for the 2.2 users?? Is that how it’s supposed to be understood?

  • Steve Ginter

    Yup, that’s what I was confused about too, but that’s what Google said on their blog. I wanted to make sure people that were on Android 1.6 knew they can still grab the update, but apparently you need 2.2 for the new Latitude feature to work.